Rescue Me is an American television drama series created by Denis Leary and Peter Tolan which focuses on the professional and personal lives of New York City firefighters after the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The series aired in the USA on FX from 21 July, 2004 to 7 September, 2011. There are 93 hour-long episodes in seven seasons.
Rescue Me originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Thursday 3 February, 2005. It moved to DStv's actionX channel (now called M-Net Action) for Seasons 3-5 and to M-Net Series for the final two seasons (6 and 7).
The series later began airing on DStv's Sony Entertainment Television (SONY) channel in November 2007 and on StarSat's (formerly TopTV) Fox FX channel in September 2011. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 premiered on Fox FX on Monday 19 September 2011, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season.
From the creators and executive producers of The Job comes Rescue Me, a dramedy that centers on the inner workings of Engine 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world.
The show focuses on Tommy Gavin, the senior firefighter whose life is in turmoil as he copes with the stresses and fears of his job as well the separation from his wife Janet.
Tommy moves into a house across the street from her to stay close to their three children and keep an eye on her.
The stresses and fears of his job are manifested through conversations with his dead cousin Jimmy Keefe, a former firefighter, as well as the haunting memories of people he has watched perish on the job.
The remaining heroes of Ladder 62 include Chief Jerry Reilly who, despite being called "The Good Chief," has a serious gambling problem and bets on everything, even Tommy's divorce.
Sean Garrity is a young, handsome guy who is easier to look at than hold a conversation with.
Franco Rivera, a cocky, Puerto Rican ladies man, is Tommy's confidante who lives life in the fast lane.
Lt. Kenny "Lou" Shea is a man's man who secretly writes poetry and uses it as a way to release his emotional frustrations.
Mike Silletti, "the probie," is subject to numerous initiation pranks as he starts his career as a firefighter.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 3 Feb 2005 | Finale: 28 Apr 2005 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 8 Nov 2007 | Finale: 31 Jan 2008 | Thursdays, 23h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 19 Sep 2011 | Finale: 12 Dec 2011 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 19 Jan 2006 | Finale: 13 Apr 2006 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 14 Jun 2008 | Finale: 6 Sep 2008 | Saturdays, 21h40
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 May 2012 | Finale: 30 Jul 2012 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Channel: actionX | Premiere: 26 Oct 2006 | Finale: 18 Jan 2007 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 15 Dec 2008 | Finale: 9 Mar 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 7 Apr 2014 | Finale: 30 Jun 2014 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 4 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 19 Jun 2008 | Finale: 11 Sep 2008 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 22 Jun 2010 | Finale: 14 Sep 2010 | Tuesdays, 21h20
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Action | Premiere: 25 Nov 2009 | Finale: 21 Apr 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 14 Sep 2011 | Finale: 8 Feb 2012 | Wednesdays, 22h35
Season 6 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Jul 2011 | Finale: 2 Sep 2011 | Fridays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 12 Feb 2012 | Finale: 15 Apr 2012 | Sundays, 22h40